WASHINGTON, DC (WITN) The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Both NC U.S. Republican Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis voted in favor.
Burr said, "I am glad the Senate has finally begun to build a solution to the health care crisis facing our nation. This debate will allow each and every Senator the opportunity to bring forward their ideas for consideration through an unlimited amendment process. It is my hope that at the end of this process we will pass legislation fulfilling our promise to the American people: repealing and replacing Obamacare."
Tillis said, "Over the last several years, Obamacare has hit hardworking North Carolina families with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices, while small businesses have struggled to comply with the law's costly and burdensome regulations. The status quo of Obamacare is unsustainable, and today's procedural vote sets the stage for an open amendment process where all Senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – will be able to put forward their ideas to reform our nation's health care system."
The start of debate and an open amendment process is expected over the coming days.